Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
On Claudete Lima-Ramsey and James Ramsey’s first date, it was love at first sight … for Claudete’s daughter Ashley, who chaperoned to translate for the couple. Claudete, who speaks Portuguese, and James, who speaks English, were initially set up on a blind date by a mutual friend.
“It was very funny,” Claudete says. “Despite the language barrier and our cultural differences, James and I never gave up investing in our relationship. … Five years later, we decided to unite our lives.”
To do so, the couple created a ceremony that was brimming with personal touches, such as junior bridesmaid Ashley singing her mother’s entrance song. But most memorable, Claudete says, was the couple’s exchange of vows—hers in Portuguese, with a translation accompanying them. The multicultural ceremony featured guest speakers in three different languages.
Wedding date: Oct. 7, 2018
Wedding colors: Shades of purple
Attendants: Four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, one junior bridesmaid, two flower girls and a ring bearer
Bride wore: Allure Romance gown and a veil from Wendy’s Bridal, shoes from DSW and Swarovski jewelry
Gown preservation: Wendy’s Bridal
Groom wore: Suit rented from Men’s Wearhouse
Rings: Family heirloom engagement ring, wedding bands from Shaw & Son Family Jewelers
Bridesmaids wore: Belsoie gowns from Wendy’s Bridal
Groomsmen wore: Suits rented from Men’s Wearhouse
Rehearsal dinner: Omezzo Italian Restaurant
Ceremony and reception: Tall Timbers Banquet & Conference Center
Cake: Cakes and More
Florist: The Flowerman
Photographer: Hillary Ferguson Photography
Reception tunes: Heart Beat Music
First dance: “Lights Down Low” by MAX
Registry: Crate & Barrel
Accommodations: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Honeymoon: Las Vegas